One man's bad guess at a World Cup roster
Previously: Last year's profiles. S Sammy Faustin, S German Green, CB Gemon Green, CB Vincent Gray, CB Myles "Spider" Sims, LB Cameron McGrone, DE Taylor Upshaw, DE Julius Welschof, DE Aidan Hutchinson, OL Jalen Mayfield.
|Traverse City, MI — 6'7", 262|
|24/7||4*, #140 overall
#12 OT, #3 MI
|Rivals||3*, 5.6 rating
#48 OT, #17 MI
|ESPN||4*, NR overall
#29 OT, #7 MI
|Composite||4*, #335 overall
#23 OT, #5 MI
|Other Suitors||ND, MSU|
|YMRMFSPA||OK, JAKE FISHER GEEZ|
|Previously On MGoBlog||Hello post from Ace. Future Blue Originals and Derivatives from Adam.|
|Notes||Twitter. Brother played at Pitt. TC West (yup, Jake Fisher).|
I was tempted to copy and paste this post from Jalen Mayfield's and see if anyone noticed a difference. The two prospects are near identical, as was the recruiting world's reaction to them. 24/7 is enthusiastic about both. In Mayfield's case ESPN ranked him as a MAC prospect and Rivals was eventually persuaded; in Hayes's ESPN fired off a generic four star ranking with no explanation and Rivals continues to rank him deep in the weeds.
The reasons here are the same. 24/7 sees a high-upside frame on a three-sport athlete and trusts that meat can be slapped on that frame; Rivals sees the current player; ESPN can't be bothered. But let's double check to make sure! Yep:
Very good athlete, a three-sport athlete who is coordinated, has good balance and flexibility. Used as a blocker as a tight end, so he has experience in the run game and does well in that aspect. Must learn to play tackle and continue to add weight and strength to play left tackle in the future, but has a very high ceiling as a tackle.
Traverse City West runs a wing-T so Hayes does a lot of run blocking.
TCW is also the alma mater of the other guy Hayes is constantly compared to: erstwhile Michigan commitment and current Bengal Jake Fisher. In addition to this post's YMRMFSPA, here's his coach:
TC West coach Tim Wooer was impressed with Hayes, saying: “He was an incredible player for us. Defensively, most teams ran away from him. He was long and athletic and used his arms really well for separation. In my 27 years of coaching, he was the best player in terms of creating matchup issues for defensive backs and linebackers.”
Wooer said Hayes is a carbon copy of former TC West lineman Jake Fisher, which should make Michigan fans excited for the future.
[After the JUMP: will more people compare Ryan Hayes to Jake Fisher? You never know! Maybe they'll compare him to Shakira! It could happen!]